Belief in himself
Rick Hahn did something that is very hard to do. Make a baseball team in a major market like Chicago be bad and get the fans to support it. There were some people who were mad about it but those people don’t understand that is the way to build a baseball team the right way. He had a vision from the second he started the rebuild and he believed in himself.
It started in a very tough way. He traded the face of the franchise in Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for prospects on December 6th, 2016. It was a tough pill to swallow for Sox fans. Chris Sale is gone a month after the crosstown Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Two of those prospects ended up being Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. It is a trade that looks really nice for the White Sox three years later.
Rick Hahn also pulled off some other trades that were risky. He received a huge haul for Adam Eaton and Jose Quintana. Eaton earned them Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Quintana ended up earning the White Sox Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. These are all trades that are turning the White Sox into must-see TV and it is all because of Rick Hahn. He believed in himself and we all believe in him.